This pretty much sums up Betsy, she will lean against me to instigate a hug, but doesn't like me to hold her too tight & it usually has to be on her terms. She doesn't like being picked up, which never happens unless the vet needs to put her on his table, she then cries but once up is fine. Like Boone, she's quite a large dog so I don't try to pick her up generally. She does like to get up close & personal by climbing on my knee, she doesn't seem to know she's not a lap dog! :eyeroll:Boone likes to be close, and will lean against us and ask for pets and belly scratches. Sometimes I hug him, but I don't put my arms around his shoulders, I put one arm around under his belly instead. He tolerates that, but as soon as I try to hug around his neck or shoulders, he tenses up and tries to pull away. He's 55 lbs, so I don't try to pick him up.